My God. Never in my life did I imagine this is what aged care would be like.
I'm in my 2nd of 4 weeks work experience at a residential facility and I'm appalled at the standard of care that is given to these people.
-Abuse of residents...kicking, restraining, forceful when showering
-boardom of residents...they literally sit around and only move (or get moved) for meals
-lack or respect and dignity...being told they smell when they have been incontinent in front of the whole room, left in soiled clothes and faces not wiped after meals, woken up by barging in without knocking and the lights turn on and pulled out of bed
-lack of empowerment and independence-not being asked what they what to eat/wear/even sit and just being served food and being force fed
-dirty and unsanitary conditions-floors with faeces on it behind beds, stains on carpet, ripped sheets/towels/pillows
-residents not having teeth/denture cleaned or being prompted to clean teeth
I'm shocked. I cannot believe people are living like this. Staff don't care, they don't engage residents or even greet them at all sometimes. The stand around talking to each other (socially) rather than talking to residents.
It makes me so sad and angry then sad all over again. I honestly don't know how I'm going to survive the next 2 weeks.